Lightroom 8.1 printing light grey beyond image

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I have printed a high key image with a total white background. The image is a different shape to the image cell. When printed, the parts of the image cell beyond the image are printed in very light grey!
For reference, I have printed on a Canon 10s and an Epson P600. It looks to me like the LLK is firing on the Epson and the grey on the Canon as the Canon is darker.
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Lightroom is currently on version 8.2. Do you see the issue after updating?

Additionally, if you print to PDF instead of to the printer do you see the gray area in the PDF?
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Thanks Rikk, just finished teaching a 3 day printing workshop, will do both these as soon as I get all my gear home and setup. I especially like the pdf idea!
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I just checked pdf output and the problem isn't there.  However, its happening on Canon and Epson printers so its no a print driver specific thing.  Have updated to 8.2 but will be a few days before I have the printers set up again.
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Things to check:

1)  using the RGB numbers under histogram in the develop module (not the one in the Library module) assure that all 3 numbers are 100 for the pixels in your image that should be white (near the edge of the image).  just move the cursor around the image and watch the numbers

2)  in the print module, make sure that the check box on "Page Background Color" (Page Panel) is unchecked.

3)  If the above doesn't fix it, assure you have the latest driver installed for the printer and that you have the printer set for Lightroom to manage the colors rather than the printer.

Hope that helps

Dan
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Thanks for the reply Dan.

1) it’s the empty part of the image cell that is receiving ink so it’s nothing to do with the image itself.
2) great idea but when I checked the background was in-checked. I checked it to make sure the colour was set to white just in case it was ignoring the tick but no it didn’t fix it.
3) latest drivers installed for both printers.
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grasping at straws here......  Are you using a print color profile for the specific printer/ink/paper combo you are printing with and if so is it designed for the printer/ink/paper you are using?  I've seen strange color shifts when I had the wrong profile selected.  

Have you also tried letting the printer manage the color?  

I don't suspect either of these ideas is the problem if, the white parts of the image itself prints white and just the parts outside the image print gray.   

But, one more thing to look at.  In the Print Module, does the image completely fill the cell into which it is placed or is the cell larger than the image?  I'm not sure what this will tell us either way, but it may provide a clue for further thought.
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I think Dave has this right.  In the Print module, go to the  'Layout' sub-menu and pull both the Width and Height sliders in to the edges of the image.  Problem fixed?  (from looking at the picture in the OP I would guess that Height is OK but Width could come in.)